Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) young people endure discrimination and prejudice which is associated with their greater rates of homelessness, early school drop-out, social isolation, emotional distress, suicide and self harm.
The Open Doors Action Research Report 2008 examines the health and housing statuses of Queensland’s LGB young people aged 12-20. 164 participants completed an anonymous online survey which collected details about their demographic characteristics (such as age and location), health and housing. The average participant was 17 years of age, attending school, and sexually active, which makes the research findings particularly relevant to high schools and sexual health services. 98% of participants were certain of their sexual orientation and 49% had become comfortable with their sexuality before the age of 15.